If you are living or travelling abroad and would like to watch live British television online for free then you are going to want to follow this easy 3 step solution to unblock UK TV services.

You may be here because you have tried VPNs before to watch British TV shows online outside of the UK abroad. Some of the individual websites like iPlayer and ITV hub don't work well with VPNs anymore. BUT, we have found a good website that does. We use ourselves while in; America, Canada, Japan, Australia or Europe, ETC.

The site below has over 100 channels officially that will work. Both live TV and catch-up. This is perfect if you are on holiday or living abroad.

Because it is an official distributor you will get high-definition streams with no pop-ups or other annoyances.

All you do is download the free app from STEP 1, check you have connected it using the IP checker in STEP 2, then use it with the great British TV website in STEP 3. You don't need any payment details to use the app. You only have to enter your emails details!

1st Step - Join this VPN. It is free

A VPN will get you secure anon browsing and change your IP to a UK one.

You can switch back to your original IP at any time, or to one from dozens of countries.
Click the banner below to restore access to UK sites. We recommend you use this VPN with the website in step 3. Since it has the best live and catch-up TV from the UK.

Get UK TV abroad

[Includes free bandwidth every month and no payment method to join!]

2nd Step - Check the VPN is connected

TVPlayer website does not normally work abroad but with the VPN mentioned above, you will be able to unblock it abroad. It is the best way to get a stable service that won't be closed down.

Once you have the VPN installed and have activated the UK server you can check your new IP here to make sure it is the UK. We dont log these tests.

Your IP Address
IP Name Unavailable
Country United States
Country Code US
City (approx) Ashburn
Internet Service Provider (ISP) Merck and Co.
Location Latitude 39.0481
Location Longitude -77.4728


Once you have joined the VPN and connected to a UK server push this button again to recheck your details. Once your IP details are GREEN you can proceed to step 3 to get the site to watch TV with the VPN.

Since we can get these details for you, imagine what your ISP or government knows about you. They know who is registered to your IP by a simple database lookup. More reason to use the VPN! - It will anonymise your IP and encrypt your connection to keep you safer. As well as unblock geo-restricted web content.

3rd Step - TVPlayer

This is the best TV site online. Even Brits use it in the UK. 100% legal to use it with the VPN too.
Once you have the VPN above and have selected the UK server you will be able to access this site for free. (Not before)

[If you need a postcode you can use any, including this example..  SW1A 1AA ]

Why use this method to watch British TV abroad?

This is the ONLY legal way to stream channels online outside of the UK right now. With the VPN to access TVplayer. Years ago you could use iPlayer ETC but now they won't work even with a VPN. Fortunately, you can get all the live TV and catch-up in one place with TVplayer.

I made this guide to help you get TV abroad. There are other VPN sites but they direct you to iPlayer and such. That doesn't work anymore but this guide does 100%.

Also, there are some illegal TV sites but they tend not to last long and do you really want a criminal record by using an illegal service? Plus, they tend to have those weird pop-ups that they make hard to close intentionally.

Use the guide on this page and you will be watching GREAT UK TV anywhere again fast and fully legally compliant with British laws.

Video Instructions

Unblock TVPlayer Abroad

Watch this video on YouTube.

UK TV Abroad Support

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Added Benefits Using A VPN

As well as being able to watch TV again you will also get other essential benefits. Benefits so important that even people in the UK should be using one.

However, these benefits are even more important abroad. Especially if you are on wi-fi or staying in a place you don't own. As the people who are paying for that internet connection could potentially record all data sent to and from your device on an unencrypted connection.

Encrypting your connection prevents this snooping seamlessly in the background so you won't notice any detrimental effects. Additionally, people won't be able to connect to your device without your permission as easily because they don't know where it is located on the internet as trivially. This prevents hacking into your device remotely via the internet.

Also, a VPN can speed up the internet connection as the data sent and received is more optimised so the packets of data you request are smaller. Thus making things you upload and download transfer faster. So less buffering with your favourite live broadcasts and video-on-demand.

How Does The Software Work So You Can Watch UK TV Abroad For Free?

First of all, I want to explain why you can’t usually watch UK TV abroad for free using services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD.

This is due to licensing and the fact that when you try to access the service your computer is telling the service provider that you are outside of the UK. They know this because of your computers IP address which is always automatically set to the country you are in.

The solution is simple, you can use this free software. The software is a VPN (virtual private network). The VPN software works by changing the IP address of your computer you are in whatever country you choose in the settings.

For the purpose of watching British television aboard you will want to set the software to show your computer is in the UK, therefore, bypassing settings that UK catch up services like BBC iPlayer have there you can only use the service if you are in the UK.

However, the one that works best is mentioned in step 2 above. It has all the content you could want on one website. 

Get UK TV abroad

Watch British TV – An Introduction To My Website

The content you need to get started is above but for those that want some background of our project. Watch British TV was created to help people watch UK TV online for free. The site has all the best channels and shows you are missing from home.

There is nothing complicated to set up or contracts to worry about. Both catch-up on demand (coming back soon) and live TV. Just join and press play to watch. Simple to use for any age group. With dozens of channels and hundreds of recorded shows, you will never miss live British TV live again. Whether you are at home or away on holiday.

We also have a thriving community of expats and passionate admins who are happy to help with all your online TV-related challenges!

Watching UK TV online for free either at home or abroad just got so much easier for you.

Living In The UK And Want To Stream Live TV For Free?

UK television is just one click away, all you need to do is visit our live streaming page. Simply click the Watch UK TV At Home button below to check out all the best UK television channels allowing you to enjoy all of your favourite shows and series. It really is as simple as that.

Living Abroad And Want To Watch UK Television For Free?

UK television is just a few moments away, all you need to do is safely download the same free software I've been using for years. In the above video I show you step by step how to download, install and use the free software. You can be watching UK TV abroad in less than 5 minutes.

What Can You Do Now On Our Website

Watch Live and catch up TV for free just like any Brit would. Dozens of live British TV channels online.

Expedient help from our support team via our widget

News and reviews of TV shows and products especially for expats visiting or living outside of the British Isles.

Use our advanced TV guide interface to get info on your fav shows from the UK with no fuss.

Encrypt your internet connection and stay safe online even when you are abroad.

Live group Skype community chat for watching TV and chatting with people, whilst on your device, that is also using our site

Free allowance when you join the recommended VPN through this page.
Step By Step Guide On How To Set Up The Software

What You Will Be Able To Do Soon On Our Website

Get extra high quality and even HD Live TV through this website.

Many more channels for your viewing pleasure.

Video On Demand (VOD) from top British pod-casters.

New forums topic for British expats to network in their area.

Learn the best places to go and services to use where you live.

Local meet-ups in your city/town. Even a date if that is your thing!

Earn points by helping us with small tasks such as marking adverts so we can remove them for you and other people.

Spend your points on even more content and gifts for you and your friends.

Earn money by referring friends. Or even make it a proper business with our training. Maybe even get yourself a white-label version of the site to maximise your potential.

 UK TV shows abroad on all devices

UK TV Online For Expats Abroad Anywhere


My project, Watch British TV, started simply as a way to help a few friends that are British ex-pats to get some TV they were missing from back home. I found it sad that they were struggling to keep some connection with the UK due to not being able to find a way to legally unblock geo-restricted content from where they are.

This one cause, a singular vision, blossomed into this website. The premier place on the web where people can get what they are looking for from ‘Blighty’. Boasting thousands of members and more content than any other site like it. There just isn’t, in our opinion, really any other UK entertainment site out there that loves to help the expats community as much as we do.

Not only do we help people watch TV abroad but we also provide live TV in players so that all people have to do is press play and they will be instantly brought back to feeling connected to home by their favourite characters from the world-class programs. Like Eastenders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, etc.

Not Just About British TV Shows Online!


What you have found is not just for when you want to watch a television series online or even the best site to download British TV. Nor is it about getting your BBC live so you don't miss the latest Eastenders episode. It is a forum. A directory. A community! Please share our site with everybody you know. That is what keeps it available and for free for everybody anywhere.


Thanks for visiting our website! We hope you have found it useful and we want to make sure you have UK TV again before you leave. 🙂